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Federal (USA)


John Edwards, Jr

(? - 1881)

Home State: Maine

Education: US Military Academy, West Point, NY, Class of 1851;Class Rank: 15

Command Billet: Battery Commander

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: 3rd United States Artillery, Batteries L and M

Before Antietam

Graduated 15th from the US Military Academy at West Point and brevetted 2Lt 3rd US Artillery (1 July 1851); 2Lt 16 Mar 1852; 1st Lt 15 Feb 1855; Capt 23 July 1861.

On the Campaign

He was in command of the combined Batteries L and M/3rd US Artillery at the battle, and was cited (Brevet LCol) for "gallant and meritorious service" at Antietam.

The rest of the War

He was Burnsides's IX Corps Chief of Artillery at the Wilderness (May 5-6, 1864) and Cold Harbor (to 12 June 1864), in command of the Corps Reserve.

After the War

He was honorably discharged from the Army on 7 Nov 1870 at his own request.

References & notes

Heitman, Francis B. Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903. 2 vols. 1903.